Management company probes New York elevator death

AP News
Posted: Jan 02, 2016 8:58 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The management company of a lower Manhattan building where a 25-year-old man was crushed in an elevator is offering condolences to the victim's family.

Stephen Hewett-Brown was riding the elevator around midnight Friday when it malfunctioned. Witnesses said he was able to push a woman out of the lift and onto one of the building's floors before getting pinned between the elevator car and the shaft as he tried to escape.

Buildings Department records show the accident came after a string of complaints and violation notices over the years about the Broome Street high-rise's three elevators.

Wavecrest Management says the safety of residents is a "paramount concern." It said Saturday that the elevators underwent a complete modernization in 2011 and were regularly inspected and serviced.

The investigation is ongoing.